Weatherford City Council member Curtis Tucker officially resigned during the city council meeting on Tuesday evening.
Tucker’s resignation is effective at the end of February. He plans to move to Alvin, which is near Houston, to pastor a church.
“One of the greatest experiences of my life has been to serve on the city council of Weatherford, TX,” Tucker wrote in his resignation letter. “Weatherford is a wonderful community and I have appreciated the opportunity to participate with all of you in making it even better. Recently, a door has opened for me to assume the role of lead pastor at Faith Family Fellowship Church in Alvin, TX. While this is not what I was expecting at this point in my life, I have accepted this role with the anticipation that God has a divine purpose for this new adventure.”
Tucker has called Weatherford home for 19 years.
“We leave behind a big part of our heart and carry with us some very special memories,” Tucker wrote in the letter.
Mayor Paul Paschall said the council will miss Tucker, but they understand his calling and want the best for him.
The council approved two zoning changes, the adoption of Title XI—Subdivision and Land Development Regulations and a preliminary plat for the seven-lot Parker Ridge subdivision on East View Drive. The zoning was changed from agriculture to one-family residential with a conditional use permit to allow for an accessory structure to a home on North Street. Zoning was also changed at 1010 S. Bowie St. for a conditional use permit for a commercial antenna, which is supposed to aid wireless connectivity.
Title XI—Subdivision and Land Development Regulations have been updated to streamline the development process and to be in compliance with state statutes. Staff has worked on the update for years, Development and Neighborhood Services Director Kaleb Kentner said. The Development Advisory Committee, Planning and Zoning Commission and design professionals had a chance to give input.
“We want to be the strongest and best place to develop, to meet the character and design we want as a community,” Kentner said.
A few of the changes include fees for parkland dedication are now to be paid upfront rather than paying it while obtaining building permits to meet community needs, Kentner said. The changes also streamline the engineering and construction design process by separating it from the design process. An engineering design construction manual is now included.
“My understanding, a big portion of it is to save the individual who’s doing the development some time as well as staff some time as well and to meet those deadlines,” council member Kevin Cleveland said. “I think the goal is very well thought out.”
The council agreed on amending the regulations to clarify that builders are allowed to get started with building permits before being done with ground infrastructure.
The next regular city council meeting is on Jan. 28.